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3.96  ·  Rating details ·  204,957 ratings  ·  7,143 reviews
"One of the most famous ghost stories that no one has actually read" (New York Times), The Phantom of the Opera is the first in the Haunted Library Horror Classics series presented by the Horror Writers Association. An unabridged edition of the novel that inspired the famous Andrew Lloyd Webber musical.

Deep beneath the Paris Opera House, a masked man lives in silence...

Paperback, 304 pages
Published January 7th 2020 by Poisoned Pen Press (first published September 23rd 1909)
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Emily May
Aug 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who don't view Wuthering Heights as a romance (and maybe those who do ^_^)
Shelves: 2014, classics, horror
Persons who are visited by the Angel quiver with a thrill unknown to the rest of mankind. And they cannot touch an instrument or open their mouths to sing, without producing sounds that put all other human sounds to shame.

Erik, AKA The Phantom of the Opera, is Paris's Heathcliff. This book is a dark tale of a man's descent into violence and madness, and the woman who forms the obsession at the centre of his life.

I should probably confess: I am a shameless lover of The Phantom of the
Jun 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Excellent, marvelous. A phantasmagorical (ha ha!) PERFECTION. NO JOKE. This is one true House of Horrors, perhaps the best one ever orchestrated (maybe discounting Poe). Yes, EVER. The prose is so simple, so readable, that the barest of essentials are there, in all their power & glory: the haunted house, the victim-lover, the victimizer/lover, the clandestine meetings, the haunted past, the switch-over of protagonists, the uncertainty caused by one elegant overflow of optical illusions, the Vict ...more
Sean Barrs
The Phantom’s greatest tragedy in life is the fact that he came so close to gaining the heart of the girl he loved, a sense of acceptance he has wanted for an entire lifetime, but because of his scarred and damaged soul he did nothing but terrify her; ultimately, shattering the initial allure and glamour she felt in his presence.

In the vein of Frankenstein and Heathcliff, Erik’s shattered visage, his ruined face, permeates his soul. Society, humanity, perceives his appearance as evil and twiste
Ahmad Sharabiani
Le Fantôme de l'Opéra = The Phantom of the Opera, Gaston Leroux

The Phantom of the Opera is a novel by French writer Gaston Leroux. It was first published in volume form in late March 1910 by Pierre Lafitte.

In Paris in the 1880's, the Palais Garnier opera house is believed to be haunted by an entity known as the Phantom of the Opera, or simply the Opera Ghost. A stagehand named Joseph Buquet is found hanged and the rope around his neck goes missing.

At a gala performance for the retirement of th
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Henry Avila
May 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sorelli, a principal dancer in the beautiful, new, and fabulous Paris Opera House ( circa 1880) is angry, her dressing - room has been invaded, by half a dozen hysterical young ladies, ballet dancers. The frightened performers have seen the legendary Phantom (Ghost), claiming to have noticed a very ugly man, but well dressed in the passageway. The superstitious but brave woman, opens the door quiet slowly and takes a careful peek. The shadowy in gaslight, reddish walls give a strange ambiance, b ...more
Pramod Nair
Jan 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, classics, mystery
“And, despite the care which she took to look behind her at every moment, she failed to see a shadow which followed her like her own shadow, which stopped when she stopped, which started again when she did and which made no more noise than a well-conducted shadow should.”

Gaston Leroux - who popularized an entire sub-genre of detective fiction called ‘locked room mystery’ through his works like 'The Mystery of the Yellow Room' and his fictional amateur sleuth, Joseph Rouletabille - is most renow
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA is a fantastic ghostly tale of love with so much more depth (and evil) to the storyline than I remember from either the play or "old" movie.

Be prepared for murder by hanging, frequent cries of terror from malicious "accidents", and suicide for just a smidgeon of what will "materialize". But, it's the mysterious Opera Ghost who lurks in the shadows using tricks and illusions to work his many evils behind a mask of horror and smell of death that will grab your attention th

"He is extraordinarily thin and his dress-coat hangs on a skeleton frame. His eyes are so deep that you can hardly see the fixed pupils. You just see two big black holes, as in a dead man’s skull. His skin, which is stretched across his bones like a drumhead, is not white, but a nasty yellow. His nose is so little worth talking about that you can’t see it side-face; and the absence of that nose is a horrible thing to look at. All the hair he has is three or four long dark locks on his forehead a ...more
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Well, that was melodramatic.

Because I quit a book last week, I forced myself to finish this one. I can finish anything on audio, thought I. I am not a quitter, thought I. But after struggling to focus on this and backtracking 2 hours because I realized I had been daydreaming the entire time, I have come to the realization that the DNF review is not so bad a thing.

This read was torture. Pure torture. I finished it but did not have a good time.

“You don’t love me. But you will.”

Sorry Erik but no.
Mar 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I fell in love with The Phantom of the Opera after watching 2004 movie adaptation. Since then I have wanted to read the book. I never knew what a surprise was in store for me. The movie was simply a love triangle between Raoul, Christine, and Erik - the "opera ghost" and nothing more. But the book is none of that. It is a gothic horror story; quite different from the movie and very dark. Reading of the book reversed my perspective on the story and its characters.

The "Poor Erik" of the movie w
Peter Topside
Oct 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'll admit that I first saw the broadway show, then the 2004 film, and read the book afterwards. The book was a fairly different animal then its other incarnations, but I enjoyed it a great deal, especially the ending, which was much different. I felt that Erik was a tragic character, but you understood his pain enough to dislike him at times, but not hate him. I also very much loved when the phantom appears at the farewell ceremony to the opera managers, towards the beginning of the book. That ...more
Part I: The Book

After the melancholy of North and South —where even the grand romance is tempered by children starving and teenagers dying from cotton-clogged lungs—some escapism was desperately needed. And The Phantom of the Opera provided the most sweeping, colorful, splendid escapism one could ask for.

Yet there is a deeper undercurrent here. It was the hatred of the world that drove Erik mad.

The plot of this story is likely familiar to all: a mysterious being known only as the Opera Ghost
Honestly, I tried, time and again. It gave it time, let myself grow older, cleaned the slate to have a fresh start, etc ... it just did not work. EVEN THINKING ABOUT GERALD BUTLER DID NOT HELP. SO IT'S OFFICIALLY HOPELESS.

This book is the winner of my MOST-BORING-AND-POINTLESS-BOOK-EVER award.

The MCs, Whatshername & Whatshisname are the soppiest individuals and the soppiest couple ever.


The book's only saving grace is that Terry Pratchett sends it up all the way in his Maskerade.
I'm really not sure what to say about this book. Was it suppose to be a scary story about a ghost because if it was, I didn't get it. Maybe it was suppose to be a romantic love story but if it was, I didn't get it. Overall, it was pretty tedious and in the end, for me, if wasn't a scary or romantic story. ...more
Dec 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book changed my life...I'm so not kidding. I saw the play years before I decided to read this book. I'm so sorry that I waited so long because it was fantastic! I plan to re-read it again! It has everything in it! It's scary, creepy, romantic, sweet, sexy, dark, sad, depressing, etc. This is the third book on my list that I would recommend to anyone that i meet! (having harry potter and the twilight series at number one and two spots. haha)

W A R N I N G *MAY be a spoiler in this next parag
Sophia Triad
I blame this book for my obsession in stories with misunderstood monsters who only need love.

"I have not come here ... to talk about Count Philippe ... but to tell you that ... I am going ... to die..."
"Where are Raoul de Chagny and Christine Daae?"
"I am going to die."
"Raoul de Chagny and Christine Daae?"
"Of love ... daroga ... I am dying ... of love ... That is how it is ... loved her so! ... And I love her still ... daroga ... and I am dying of love for her, I ... I tell you! ... If you knew h
...*stares into the abyss*
This book is...
...and simply brilliant!!!
Vanessa J.
May 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

“If I am the phantom, it is because man’s hatred has made me so. If I am to be saved it is because your love redeems me.”

I believe everyone has at least heard about The Phantom of the Opera. If not for the book itself, then it may be because of the movies. I knew it was a book, and I knew there were movies, but I’ve never watched any of them, and the book I read until now.

In any case, if you’ve heard about this story, then you know it’s a tragic one – and indeed, it is.

The Phantom of the Ope
Evelyn (devours and digests words)

What a melodramatic book this is. Lots of swooning, lots of proclamations of love, and lots of unnecessary details that do not add anything to the plot.

'Tis where me and the ghost of the opera part ways for good. I will probably never know the original reasons as to why Erik - the ghost, the genius and the mad came to be what he is in the first place. I don't think I care much to find out either way.

All the care in the world you can give me and it will still be not enough for
Feb 04, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who's ever fantasized about singing Music of the Night on top of Palais Garnier
Recommended to jade by: my own early obsession with masked vigilantes
“all i wanted was to be loved for myself. if you loved me i should be as gentle as a lamb; and you could do anything with me that you pleased.”

early 1900s, paris. a journalist / detective has gathered together witness accounts, interviews, and newspaper articles that might provide insight in the mysterious incidents surrounding the abduction of an opera singer and the death of several opera attendants at palais garnier.

through a whole host of characters, from the opera’s directors a
Oct 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romantic, classic, horror
“In sleep he sang to me
In dreams he came
That voice which calls to me and speaks my name
And do I dream again for now I find
The Phantom of the Opera is there
Inside my mind
Sing once again with me
Our strange duet
My power over you grows stronger yet
And though you turn from me to glance behind
The Phantom of the Opera is there
Inside your mind.”

Στίχοι που προσωπικά κάθε φορά που τους ακούω με ανατριχιάζουν. Τι κρύβεται όμως πίσω από ένα μιούζικαλ που παίζεται διαρκώς εδώ και 25 χρόνια, έχει αναδείξει δε
Dec 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, classic
A long time ago, before I read this book or even heard about it, I had come across references to the eponymous character of the novel in popular culture. I still remember the mystery shows in good old Cartoon Network where there would be a sinister masked character playing the organ. Enough of nostalgia! Now let’s come to the review of this classic gothic tale.

This is a wonderful example of gothic literature. Not that it needs any certificate of merit from a layman like me, but still! The novel
Ashley Marie
Side read with the non-crunchy classics crew!

Interesting to see that this was only published around 10 years after Dracula. Loooooove the Gothic vibe that runs between both novels, and again, as with Dracula, I think the wording of the time period is what dulls the story here. I've mentioned in previous posts how my original read of this book (in high school) was really due to an infatuation with the musical adaptation, and thus I was rather disappointed that it wasn't more of a love story, as t
3.5 So difficult to rate. It caught my interest at first, bored me in the middle and re-conquered me with that beautiful, sad and nightmarish ending. The author begins and ends the novel as if it were a legend, something that maybe happened or not and gives a more realistic touch to the plot. Unfortunately his characters are not as good as his magnificent writing which saves the book.

Es una pena, porque le tenía muchas expectativas a la novela. Pero esas casi 100 páginas a mitad del libro bajan
I cannot believe it! I actually liked this book. No, I loved this book. Me, the girl who hates classics. I have to admit I am very shocked by this. This book was so captivating and dark. I'm still shocked that I loved this book. I cannot believe that in the first 10% I was going to DNF this book.

I remember when I first heard of this story and I instantly wanted to read it. I tried but I just gave up after reading the first chapter. I just picked it up again and I at first I wanted to quit for g
Dannii Elle
"The phantom of the opera is here, inside my mind..."

Every night the velvet seats of the Palais Garnier are packed with figures eagerly anticipating that evening's theatrical performance, and still one box is kept free. Every day brings fresh sightings of a mysterious figure who traverses the backstage hallways and strikes fear in the hearts of those who dare travel there alone.

This mystery is the theatre ghost. He makes demands and expects to see them carried through. Those who test his patienc
Dec 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Christine Daae is a young singer at a French Opera House which is said to be haunted by the Opera Ghost. Disasters follow if the Opera Ghost's orders are disobeyed. Christine loves her childhood friend viscount Raoul de Chagny, but when he comes to meet her near her dressing room after a stunning performance, she doesn't even acknowledge him. Disheartened and sad, he is unwilling to leave when he hears someone singing in her room which he was sure was empty. He sees no one and is scared.

Jonathan Terrington

While I was in New York City, living it up on 7th and 27th, I decided that I would go see a musical, with friends, on Broadway. However, being the 'buy-first-think-later' student that I am, most of the musicals were out of my price range. The suitcase load of cheaper comics and novels had something to do with this. However, I did have enough cash to go with two of the ladies on the trip and get tickets to The Phantom of the Opera with Peter Jöback staring as the eponymous character. We all dress
Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*
3.5 stars

“Erik is not truly dead. He lives on within the souls of those who choose to listen to the music of the night.”

I'm not a fan of musicals... at all. I've never seen a play besides a childhood production of the Velveteen Rabbit, which hardly counts. Despite this, I've always wanted to see a live production of 'Phantom of the opera.' What is it about the story and atmosphere that draws so many in? I've seen movies - the musical drama (not my thing), the Robert Englund horror version (sorr
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